I went to the Gastro today and spilled my guts (so to speak) about
the whole dental situation. Turns out her husband, my Rheumy, is touring the state teaching with a dentist regarding the subject of biophosphate drugs and the risk of jaw necrosis. What luck I have!!!
When I told the Gastro she immediately rolled her eyes and told me I would be fine and not to worry about it. The worst thing that could happen to me is that if I can not control the cellulitis then she may have to take me off the Imuran and Humira until we get the dental situation resolved. According to her, these dentists and oral surgeons don't know what the heck they are
talking about. The risk of the necrosis is very prevalent for cancer patients and my risk is so small it's almost non-existant! I then asked her to ask her husband (my Rheumy) to give me a referral to a general dentist and oral surgeon that is educated in my situation. She said, NO PROBLEM! She'll talk with him tonight and call me tomorrow! Whew, what a weight off my shoulders and pocketbook!
Thanks so much again to you all for letting me vent. I don't know what I would do without you and I love each and every one of you! Even you Fitzy for hanging out and defending the doctors.
You're perspective offers valuable insight to everyone's situation here too and I admire you for persuing what you love to do.
Happy Turkey Day and Don't Eat to Much Chow! -Gayle